Everything you need for a kicking day or two in Shanghai...


1. Breakfast in Shanghai

Generally speaking we start the day in a feeble state unfit for culinary challenges and for this reason, we’d go a Western-style breakfast at Amokka Cafe …

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A. Amokka Cafe
201 Anfu Lu (nr Wulumuqi Lu)


2. French Concession Drift

The French Concession evokes images of colonial buildings, faded grandeur and avenues lined with plane trees…but the reality is a little more prosaic. Still, this is certainly the best enclave for eating, drinking and shopping on a more human scale …

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B. Mayumi Sato
no.169 Anfu Rd, nr Wulumuqi Rd
French Concession
Shanghai 200031


3. Tianzifang/Taikang Lu

Tianzifang is a small series of maze-like laneways filled with old school shophouses that has become a trendy shopping zone …

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C. Chinese address for taxi (enter from Taikang Rd): 泰康路


4. Shanghai’s Best Dumplings

The best place for dumplings in Shanghai? A friend and long-term Shanghai resident  recommends the Xintiandi branch of Din Tai Fung, a chi-chi Taiwanese chain, offers the city’s best place for yum cha …

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D. Din Tai Fung
Xintiandi, South Block Plaza, 2/F, Lane 123 Xingye L
Tel: + 86 385 8378


5. Bird & Insect Market

Is there anything better than standing around comparing the size and thrust of one’s own cricket? If you’re ever dreamt of owning your own stable Wan Shang market in Shanghai is the place to start your collect a collection of fighting grasshoppers and all the necessary accoutrements. Afterwards, meander around …

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E. Wan Shang Flower and Bird Market
417 Xizang Nan Lu (nr Dongtai Lu)


6. MOCA & Renim Park

MoCA: Situated in Renmim Park (aka People’s Park), the programming here can be hit and miss, but it’s worth seeing what’s on, if only to gauge the temperature of Shanghai’s art scene. Plus it’ll give you an excuse to meander around the park where you are likely to be amused …

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F. Renmin Park


7. M50

M50  is Shanghai’s response to Beijing’s more famous Factory 798, it is comprised of dozens of galleries and artist studios scattered around a series of dimly lit and circuitous warehouses in a disused mill that, so far, has escaped development …

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G. M50
50 Moganshan Rd


8. Rockbund Art Museum

Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) is Shanghai’s first private art museum, located in a historic building on the Bund that was recently given a revamp by British architect David Chipperfield …

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H. Rockbund Art Museum
20 Huqiu Rd, (nr Beijing Dong Lu)
Huangpu District, Shanghai


9. Yu Gardens

Shanghai is a city of 23 million people and zero touristic blockbusters – there, we’ve said it. If you’d like to dip into some ye olde worlde Shanghai try the 16th century Yu Gardens. (Here we score zero points for originality.) …

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I. Yu Gardens
137 Anren Jie (nr Fuyou Lu )


10. Shintori Null II

Set in the middle of the French Concession, Shintori Null II is literally hidden at the end of narrow laneway bordered with dim lights and bamboos, and once you’ve walked through its big unmarked revolving door, you’ll stumble in a stunning floor-to-ceiling concrete warehouse, with an army of Japanese chefs …

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J. No. 805, Julu Rd.,
West of Fumin Rd.
Tel: + 86 21 5404 5252


11. Shanghai Bar

The best place to have a drink in Shanghai? With a View: We’re not fans of the chain hotel or the club lounge look but Cloud Nine bar on the 87th floor at the Hyatt offers an amazing overview of the Bund skyline. Mix it up with a (pretty reasonably priced) …

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K. Cloud 9
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Ave
Pudong, Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 5047 1234


12. After Dark…

A great place to start the night is Bar Rouge – where the view over the iconic Bund is spectacular and even includes a picture-perfect Chinese flag. As the night goes on, a suite of local and international DJs take control of the mixing decks its terraces turn into brilliant …

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L. Bar Rouge
7 F, Bund 18
Zhongshan East 1st Rd

Tower 318
Fuzhou Road